The Celcon Flooring System and Celcon Foundation blocks have provided the ideal platform for timber frame construction on a development of 10 houses at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.
Derek Haylock of Hayler Developments had used the Celcon Flooring System once before and liked it because it is not pre-stressed and so gives a very flat and level floor, making it easy to install timber frame sections. The concrete beam and block flooring he had used previously was pre-stressed, and so had a camber on it, requiring time-consuming and fiddly packing to ensure the timber frame components were installed vertically. Derek commented: “The Celcon Flooring System is quick and easy to use with timber frame because it is absolutely flat. This makes installation of the timber frame panels much simpler.”
“There were other advantages,” he says, “H+H Celcon gave us advice on meeting Part L with the Celcon Flooring System and we were able to meet the then required U-value for the floor without any additional insulation – just a 50mm screed. Finishing was very simple too, as aircrete is easy to drill through to install services.”
The Celcon Flooring System is also excellent for a small site where there is little room to store materials. At Pieces Lane, Waterbeach, the flooring elements for phase 2 of the project, about 140 square metres, were delivered and installed in five hours. A team of three then finished off with the edging blocks and made good around holes drilled for utilities. The floor was completed in a day and a half.
The development at Waterbeach is a mixed development of two, three and four-bed homes
with brickwork cladding to the timber frames and pitched, tiled roofs.